Monday, April 23, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Executive branch cabinetmembers announced
Cabinet members for theLeimenstoll administration’s2012-13 executive branch wereannounced recently.Student Body President WillLeimenstoll and his administra-tion selected 31 members for 14different committees and proj-ects.Cabinet members have yetto be selected for four projects,including the Greek AffairsCouncil and the ExcellingThrough Mentoring SpecialProject.These positions will be filledthrough a separate internal nomi-nation process.
Chapel Hill Transit releasesits summer break schedule
Chapel Hill Transit will beginits summer break schedule onMay 5. With the change, weekday CM,CW, D, J and NU routes will endearlier each evening.The Saturday and Sunday NUand U routes will not operate,and EZ Rider services will endat 10:35 p.m. Monday throughFriday.Riders should check chtransit.org for individual schedule timesfor each of the routes. A customer service representa-tive can also be reached at 919-969-4900.
Orange County is holdingpublic transit open houses
There might be a quorumof the Orange County Boardof Commissioners during theupcoming public transit openhouse sessions.The open house sessions willallow citizens to discuss trans-portation services, including a proposed 17-mile light rail project between UNC Hospitals anddowntown Durham, a proposed Amtrak Station in Hillsboroughand bus lanes on Martin LutherKing Jr. Blvd. in Chapel Hill.The presence of a quo-rum would constitute a spe-cial meeting of the Board of Commissioners, which meansthe open houses will be subject tostate laws on open meetings, pub-lic records and public notice.The sessions will take placetoday at Extraordinary Venturesin Chapel Hill and April 30 atthe Orange County West CampusOffice Building in Hillsboroughfrom 4 p.m to 7 p.m.Representatives from TriangleTransit, Chapel Hill Transit andOrange Public Transportation will be available to answer ques-tions.
- From staff and wire reports
ASG pcks nw lads af 9-ou dba
By Madeline Will
Assistant State & National Editor
RALEIGH— Following a nine-hour meeting full of debateand contention, the UNC-system Association of StudentGovernments picked a new pairof leaders from western NorthCarolina.Cameron Carswell was namedpresident of the association, and Alecia Page was named senior vicepresident. The pair collected 24 of 40 votes, with Arjay Quizon andJuan Virella coming in secondplace with 13 votes, and Cierra Hinton and Kevin Kimball com-ing in third place with three votes.Carswell will receive a $6,050stipend, after members of ASG decided to increase officer sti-pends by 10 percent.The association, which iscomprised of student leadersacross the state and is funded by an annual $1 student fee, metat N.C. State University. It didnot make quorum for its Friday meeting or for its March meetingat the UNC School of the Arts.On Saturday, members of theassociation debated a bill that would allow executive officersto run for ASG president — a politically charged measure that,if passed, would have allowedofficer Ron Hinton a place on thepresidential ballot.But the bill was tabled, forfeit-ing Ron’s nomination.“It was personal,” he said.“That’s politics — it’s frustrating, just because I didn’t even get a chance to run and offer myself.”His sister Cierra took his placeon the ballot with Kimball — who ran for president last yearagainst incumbent president AtulBhula and lost by three votes.Cierra and Kimball are bothformer UNC-CH delegates.Kimball was not able to attendthe election because he is study-ing abroad.Many members of the associa-tion voiced concern at the meet-ing about giving too much powerto students from UNC-CH.Quizon also faced criticismfrom the association, with mem- bers shouting about his ineffec-tiveness as senior vice president.Carswell, a delegate from Appalachian State University,cited a need for reform in theassociation after her victory.“I plan on reorganizing thestructure of the ASG commit-tees,” she said in an email. “Wealso plan on establishing a small judicial board that would serve asan unbiased group … to handleuncomfortable situations that vio-late our statutes or constitution.”She said she will work withmembers of UNC-CH StudentCongress, who plan to create a committee to review ASG.Paige Comparato, speaker of UNC-CH Student Congress, saidthe committee — which stemmedfrom student concern about theeffectiveness of the association — will be voted on Tuesday.“It’s an area for positive, con-
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By Katherine Proctor
Assistant Arts Editor
Doris Betts, celebrated fiction writer and former professor inUNC’s creative writing depart-ment, died Saturday at the age of 79, more than a year after beingdiagnosed with lung cancer.The author of nine novels andshort story collections, Betts joined the University faculty in1966, whereshe taught cre-ative writingfor 30 years.In 1982, she was the first woman to leadthe faculty.During hertime at theUniversity,Betts receiveda GuggenheimFellowship increative writ-ing and threeSir Walter Raleigh awards forNorth Carolina fiction.Some of her best known works include the novel “SoulsRaised from the Dead” andthe short story “The UgliestPilgrim,” which was made intoan Academy Award-winningfilm and a musical that won the1998 New York Drama CriticsCircle Award.“The South has lost one of its most distinctive voices withthe passing of Doris Betts,”Chancellor Holden Thorp said ina statement released Sunday.“She leaves behind a rich lit-erary legacy, many friends whomourn her and hundreds of writ-ers who developed their talent inher classes.”Joseph Flora, a professoremeritus in UNC’s Englishdepartment, was Betts’ friendand colleague during her time atthe University.“She was a person who bounced with energy and joy,”he said.“Obviously, students likedthat.”Betts — who grew up inStatesville and attended UNC-Greensboro — primarily set herfiction in North Carolina and wrote about characters native tothe state, Flora said.Flora said he has often includ-ed Betts’ works of fiction on syl-labi for his classes in southernliterature.“Her characters think aboutthe world, about their families,about what it all means away from their careers,” he said.Betts and her work are thefoundation for the Doris BettsDistinguished Professorshipin Creative Writing — the firstendowed professorship in UNC’screative writing program.The professorship fund is used by the University’s College of Artsand Sciences to attract or retain a distinguished teacher and scholarof creative writing.Pam Durban, a professor inthe creative writing depart-ment, has held the professor-ship since 2002.Flora said that through her books and friendships, Bettsleaves behind a legacy that won’t be forgotten.“There was a special vibrancy to her,” he said.“That was one of her greattraits.”“She was loyal to her parents,her children, her colleagues —and she loved UNC.”
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UNC law school student Kyle Ernst is a competitive weightlifter who was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. Now, Ernst is nationally ranked.
Canc suvvo Kyl ens ss sgs on Olympcs
By Grace Raynor
In December of 2005 — her son’s senior year of high school — Jordis Ernst said shefelt like the world had stopped. A mark on her son’s back caught herattention, and though the doctor said themark was insignificant, Ernst’s instinctstold her otherwise. A month after he was offered a fullscholarship at the Olympic TrainingCenter in Colorado Springs for weightlift-ing, Kyle Ernst was diagnosed with mela-noma.Jordis Ernst said she was devastated.“I was sitting at his high school praying,‘Please, I want to be sitting at a collegegraduation,’” she said.But now, about six years later, KyleErnst has his sights set on the 2016Olympic Games, and his coaches think theodds are good.Steve Gisselman, UNC’s assistantdirector of strength and conditioning forOlympic sports, said of all of the weight-lifters he has worked with, Kyle Ernst hasthe best chance of making the games.“Historically, the U.S. hasn’t had many people go,” he said.“But I think his work ethic and with the weight class he’s in, I think he’s got a really good shot.”Ernst’s journey has not been easy. After his diagnosis, he left for ColoradoSprings, where he gave himself shots threetimes a week.In 2009 — after making the 2008Junior World Team for weightlifting and winning his weight class at the 2009Collegiate Nationals — he quit.He returned to Texas, where he com-pleted his undergraduate education atTexas A&M University to be closer to hisfamily.“After that, I wanted to focus on gettinginto law school, and that became my mainfocus,” he said.“I guess I just wanted to be more like a normal person — like everyone else.”But in the summer of 2010, aboutsix months before Kyle Ernst’s five-yearexamination, doctors noticed a tumor onhis hip. It needed to be surgically removed.The next day, he found out he had beenaccepted to the UNC School of Law.Despite his excitement, two and a half years went by without a thought of the weight room.But last summer, out of the blue, KyleErnst decided to start lightly lifting againat Southern Methodist University’s recre-ation center.By the end of the summer, he was fully lifting again.“About three or four months into train-ing, I was already in the top six or sevenin my weight class and top 30 overall(nationally),” he said. And his success has been steady eversince.On April 15, he received second place inthe National University Championships, where he represented UNC in Shreveport,La.He was recently selected to be a mem- ber of the World University Team to com-pete in Israel in November.Jordis Ernst said the journey has beenhard.“Life really is never, ever, ever going to be the same,” she said.“When it hits you personally, your lifedoes change and you try really, really hardto not let it control your life and just moveforward.”Kyle Ernst said his mentality kept himmoving forward.“It’s just always been my personality —when you’re dealt a bad hand you can’tlook back and change it,” he said.“You just kind of deal with what youhave and move on from there.”
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By Megan Schmelzle
When Horace Williams Airport closes, it might open thedoor for a new student housingcomplex called Carolina Flats @Estes.The 16-acre development would have buildings too tallfor the area’s airplane-friendly zoning, but developers are ask-ing Chapel Hill Town Council tochange restrictions and approvetheir concept plan.The proposal is creating a stiramong neighbors, who will havea chance to comment on it attonight’s Town Council meeting.If approved, the develop-ment, proposed for the cornerof Martin Luther King Jr.Boulevard and Estes Drive, would feature student housingand a four-story hotel.The housing will feature
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structive comments, as well asgathering feedback on ASG,” shesaid. “This year, we’re trying to bethe solution, not the problem.”But ASG faced internal criti-cism at its Saturday meeting fol-lowing the decision to raise offi-cer stipends.“I don’t know how I can go back in good conscience toChapel Hill and tell people who barely voted to stay in thisorganization that we’re going toincrease stipends and decreasestudent advocacy,” UNC-CHStudent Body President WillLeimenstoll said at the meeting.Bhula, who received $5,500 this year, said an increase is necessary.“It needs to be higher becauseI’ve lost money doing ASG.”He said he hopes Carswell andPage reexamine the reform bills, but recommended at the meetingto kill the bills in order to avoid a rushed, last-minute vote.Bhula said he plans to work with Carswell and Page to easetheir transition into office.“They’ve shown a lot of dedi-cation to ASG over the last year,they’ve put a lot of input in andI’m sure they’ll do great,” he said.
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student-geared amenities like wireless Internet, study roomsand one- to four-bedroom apart-ments. The hotel would cater to visitors looking for suite-styleaccommodations at a projectedprice of $100 to $140 per night.“When my mom has visited,she’s had to stay far away fromcampus,” UNC student JuanOlano said. “So it would be a lot more convenient to have anaffordable hotel nearby.” When the development’sconcept plan was first presentedto the community design com-mission March 21, residents andcommissioners expressed con-cerns about traffic.Lee Wilson, a resident of nearby Woodshire Lane, said heis considering moving because of the potential lack of privacy thatthe development might bring.“I object to the hotel morethan the apartments,” he said. “Idon’t think it’s appropriate.”Scott Radway, the develop-ment’s planning and design con-sultant, said it would be aboutthe same scale as one buildingapproved for the Carolina Northdevelopment located acrossthe street and about the samedensity as the existing adjacentShadowood Apartments.Radway said there is a strongdemand for modern studenthousing in Chapel Hill.Kay Pearlstein, a senior plan-ner for the Chapel Hill PlanningDepartment, said it is likely thearea would be rezoned when theHorace Williams airport closes.But the project will have togain approval, not just rezoning,to proceed.Radway said the approvalprocess could cost about$500,000, and optimisti-cally the development would beapproved by June 2013.Pearlstein said it would beprudent for developers to waituntil June, when Chapel Hill2020, the town’s new com-prehensive plan, is set to bereleased. Then developers couldalign the complex with its goals.Until then the developers will be able to get feedback fromtown meetings.Radway said growth should be a priority for Chapel Hill, whether the development isapproved before or after ChapelHill 2020 is completed.“The idea that we should stopand wait is the absolute antith-esis of what Chapel Hill is.”
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